Designing the ‘dream’.

Boeing 787 Final Assembly Building

North Charleston, South Carolina

  • Client

    The Boeing Company

  • Size

    1.2 million sf

  • Services

    • Alternative Delivery Services
    • Design Services
    • Sustainability
    • Technology
  • Awards

    • ABC Award of Excellence, 2011
    • BIM Experience Award, 2011
    • Finalist — Project of the Year (Excellence in Construction)
    • ABC Eagle Award (Excellence in Construction), Industrial Projects Over $50M Category

Our mission? Design a super-sized multi-purpose facility with functionality for office, manufacturing, and production supporting the creation and assembly of an all-new commercial airplane. In just 18 months, this 'future factory' would become home base for The Boeing Company's 787 Dreamliner airplane.

The LEED Gold facility is five stories tall, 614' wide and 1,030' long — about the size of 12 football fields (over 1.2 million square feet) — as well as an intricate system of thin panel photovoltaics placed across much of the roof. Office and shop functions are located on five mezzanine levels running lengthwise on either side of the production core with support functions strategically located at key intervals along the ribbon.

This preferred layout supports fluid transition as Boeing's needs change. Office space reflects a flexible layout allowing project teams to efficiently expand and contract with universal workstations. Smaller telephone rooms that seat 2-3 are strategically located, as are flexible privacy rooms can be utilized as conference rooms or private offices to accommodate changing space needs.

BRPH's design of Boeing's mega-facility shaved months off of original completion estimates allowing Dreamliners to take flight that much faster than competitor aircraft.

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